Monday, February 29, 2016


Just a few days after inducting Jackie Gleason into the Television Crossover Hall Of Fame on the 100th anniversary of his birth, we're doing it again with Dinah Shore.  Eventually "Ms. Mwaaah" would have made it into the Hall on her own merits - as you can see below, she had more than enough credits to warrant membership.  But it feels nice to also acknowledge the late singer/actress on her special day... and Leap Day at that!

From Wikipedia:

Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. She reached the height of her popularity as a recording artist during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s, but achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as hostess of a series of variety programs for Chevrolet.

After failing singing auditions for the bands of Benny Goodman, and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Shore struck out on her own to become the first singer of her era to achieve huge solo success. She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning the years 1940 to 1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosting two talk shows in the 1970s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at #16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. 

And here are her list of credits as a member of the League of Themselves which made her eligible for inclusion:

"Mel's In The Kitchen With Dinah"

'Make Room For Daddy'
"The Dinah Shore Show"
"Dinah And Danny Are Rivals"

'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman'
Two episodes: #1.75 & #1.76

'Here's Lucy'
"Someone's On The Ski Lift With Dinah"

"Christmas At PeeWee's Playhouse"

"The Applicant"

'The Jack Benny Program'
"The First Show"
"Buck Benny Rides Again"

I wouldn't have a problem including her serlinguistic turns as she told us to see the USA in a Chevrolet since she had more than enough credits already for membership.

So here's to you, Ms. Shore.  Welcome to the TVXOHOF.

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